Florida Southern takes SSC title
Florida Southern senior guard Chelsea Johnson fired in 29 points to lead the top-seeded Moccasins to a 79-66 win against No. 3 Florida Tech in Sunday’s final of the 2011 Sunshine State Conference Women’s Basketball Championship.
Johnson earned a spot on the all-tournament team for her heroics, while teammate Emma Cannon was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after posting yet another double-double with 19 points and 17 rebounds. Cannon, who was also selected as the SSC Player of the Year earlier in the week, averaged 21 and 19 rebounds in three tournament games.
Michaela Hawley chipped in 13 points in the winning effort.
Florida Tech was led by senior Lynisha Nelson’s 26 points and six rebounds. The SSC Defensive Player of the Year lived up to her reputation, adding six steals to her impressive stat line. She was selected to the all-tournament squad.
Ashton McClairen, who also earned a spot on the all-tournament team, added 12 points for Tech.
The first half of the game was a dandy, with seven ties and 15 lead changes. Florida Tech managed the largest lead of the half when it went ahead 38-32 win just 50 seconds left before intermission. The Panthers led 38-34 at the half.
The second stanza also opened in similar fashion and the score was knotted at 46-46 with 13:33 left in the contest. From there, Florida Southern took charge, building a 58-49 lead over the next 5 minutes of action.
The lead was never in danger down the stretch, with the regular-season champion Moccasins adding the tournament title to their season haul with a 79-66 win.
Tampa's Jaleesa Harmon and Eckerd's Ashley Lutz were also named to the all-tournament team.